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Safer and stronger communities are at the heart of Scottish Government policy. Communities that people are proud to belong to, where they feel safe and have confidence that justice and fairness will prevail. Communities where people take responsibility for each other and for their own actions.

However, when problems and disputes turn into crime and disorder they must be met by swift justice and a clear penal policy. The law abiding majority must be served by modern justice organisations and an efficient justice system.

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